Upgrade your Combiner Wars white Optimus Prime figure with the Primo Prafectus Upgrade Kit! Make the figure MUCH taller, give it extra poseability and a new comics-inspired look, and send it off to fight your other toys with the included, combinable weapons! Now Instock - Click here to order -
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Only tangentially Transformers-related, and you'll see why below, we have some new videos directly from Hasbro YouTube showcasing some of their employees and their interests, in a new series called Hasbro Stories (or #hasbrostories, for the social mediaites out there). The most relevant to us is Carlos, who talks about his involvement with robots, fiddles with a Fall of Cybertron Bumblebee, Rescue Bots and Age of Extinction toys, and has plenty of Robots in Disguise and movieverse footage to accompany his clip. Check his story, and the others, out below!
Hasbro Stories is a project that shares personal stories about connections to Hasbro and our brands; Hasbro and its affiliated companies do not accept unsolicited product or entertainment ideas.
While we wait for new trailer to drop, we have some news on the international partnerships that Paramount is tying with distribution and marketing, for Transformers: The Last Knight but not only - specifically in China, according to China Film Insider. After last time's issues with 1905 Internet Technology and the various deals in the Asian country, it looks like Huahua Media will be signing on with the US studios for the fifth Michael Bay film alongside other US productions - find out more below, and here for the full piece!
Huahua Media has become an exclusive partner in China with Paramount Pictures for the roll-out of Transformers:The Last Knight (变形金刚5：最后的骑士), the next installment in the billion-dollar blockbuster franchise based on the Hasbro toy line.
Details of the deal are still unclear but a statement released by the two-year-old Chinese company trumpeted the deal as particularly groundbreaking for an agreement between a Chinese and a US company in the film industry.
Huahua CEO Wang Kefei joined Paramount’s Chairman and Chief Executive Brad Grey, Megan Colligan, worldwide president of marketing and distribution, and Nic Crawley, President of International Marketing & Distribution to ink the deal in Shanghai on Thursday.
The agreement most likely means that the company will be replacing 1905 Internet Technology as Paramount’s Chinese production partner for the franchise.
Seibertronians, today we bing you some additional shots of the upcoming Platinum Edition Unicron! Coming to us from Twitter User @BfqeO, the images give us a better look at the figure's exterior box art, the box art in the fold-out leaf, as well as Unicron in his bubble, and the figure himself. The user also shows off the lighting effects Unicron comes with.
There has been some discussion about how similar this figure is to it's previous releases, so tell us in the comments: do these additional photos sway your opinion in any way? Please, let us know, but first take a look at the images themselves below!
With Soundwave having been teased, we bring you to the next Combiner Force Teaser: in-package images of the Activator Combiner and the Crash Combiners! These new images come to us courtesy of the UK's A.B.Gee online store, and can be seen below. The images include the Crash Combiners of: Bumblebee and Sideswipe to form Beeswipe, and Optimus Prime and Strongarm to form Prime Strong. Also included are the Activator Combiners of: Bumblebee with Stuntwing, and Strongarm with Trickout. Check out the images and descriptions below, and let us know what you think in the comments section!
Transformers RID Combiner Force Activator Combiners Bumblebee and Stuntwing
Bumblebee is about to bring in another Decepticon. Oh no, the Decepticons take off into the sky. But wait, it's Stuntwing teaming up with Bumblebee, they're right on their tails! They're flying!
Kids can combine forces and activate awesome pop-out battle modes with Transformers: Robots in Disguise Activator Combiner figures. This Activator Combiner 2-pack features one Bumblebee figure and one Stuntwing figure. Attach Stuntwing to Bumblebee to activate flight mode. Combine and activate!
The Bumblebee figure converts from robot to sports car in 4 steps; Stuntwing figure converts in 1. Activator figures work with other Activator Combiner figures (each sold separately). Scan the shields on these figures to unlock Bumblebee and Stuntwing characters in the mobile app.
Combine forces and join the battle with these figures based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series.
Transformers RID Combiner Force Activator Combiners Strongarm and Trickout
It's a high speed chase. The Decepticons brake right, leaving Strongarm in the dust. But wait, it's Trickout teaming up with Strongarm they're in pursuit again! With Trickout, Strongarm becomes supercharged!
Kids can combine forces and activate awesome pop-out battle modes with Transformers: Robots in Disguise Activator Combiner figures. This Activator Combiner 2-pack features one Stongarm figure and one Trickout figure. Attach Trickout to Strongarm to activate a super power boost. Combine and activate!
The Strongarm figure converts from robot to police car in 8 steps; Trickout figure converts in 1. Activator figures work with other Activator Combiner figures (each sold separately). Scan the shields on these figures to unlock Strongarm and Trickout characters in the mobile app.
Combine forces and join the battle with these figures based on the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series.
The Transformers Instagram has decided to give us a teaser into what is in store with Robots in Disguise: Combiner Force with a teaser image of the upcoming Soundwave! The new Soundwave is based on his Fall of Cybertron, Prime, and slightly Animated appearances, and can be seen in the image standing alongside his Titans Return counterpart. Check out the image, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Different shows, different generations, each in a class of their own - but always the strong, silent type. #Soundwave
Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your charismatic host RodimusConvoy13, plus Megatronus, Jon3.0, and xRotorstomx - listen in as we discuss the latest news, toys, and more.
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Another episode of the Twincast Podcast, another round of new product sightings. This time, it's Titans Return Titan Masters + Deluxes Wave 3, and the highly anticipated RID Bisk. So, who's not picking these up?
Now that Thanksgiving has passed - and with it all the sales we'll likely see the week before Christmas and after the New Year - we can grapple with a dose of self-reflection. Seibertron.com staff member william-james88 asks: "What price do you guys look at when wondering if a toy is worth the price?" Oomph. That's a doozy,
It's the most sales-iest time of the year.
Masterpiece Inferno is here, and, as is usually the case, the Twincast crew has some thoughts. Live thoughts. The liveliest. So live, that Jon3.0 opens his figure on air. After this live unboxing, the Twincast tackles the fandom's heretofore armchair accolades and critiques. Did I mention it was live?
Combiner Wars is back - or rather, ending. Takara's upcoming Baldigus appears to be the last known release of Combiner Wars molds, and as we look forward to more fabulous Titans Return figures, we conduct a post-mortem to understand how Combiner Wars marked a turning point for the brand.
So bald. So good.
Machinima is back with news of seasons 2 & 3 announced. Jon3.0 - the voice of Machinima's Optimus Prime - gives us an inside look at how the sausage is made, while others voice their critiques and hopes for the future of Machinima's work.
Write. Her. Better.
Bragging Rights is here. Last time, we geared up for a good old fashioned Black Friday smackdown. Now, it's time for the ACTUAL smackdown. Who got what this Black Friday, and who was brave enough to make more purchases after our consumer-driven culture's most shameful day?
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According to various sources, but mostly the official Twitter account, the first trailer for the upcoming Paramount live-action movie Transformers: The Last Knight will be airing on Monday 5th December. They posted a short clip - which you can check out below - to lay the tracks for the hype train. Set your DVRs, grab your remotes, and stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more as it happens!
You Want a Revolution? I Want a Revelation (Spoiler free-ish)
LAST STAND IN AUTOBOT CITY! It’s all come to this—TRANSFORMERS vs. ROM vs. MICRONAUTS vs. G.I. JOE vs. M.A.S.K. vs. the ultimate evil! The futures of Earth, Cybertron, and the Microverse will all be changed forever by the decisions made this day.
..or fall together?
Here we are, the final issue of the core storyline for IDW's Revolution. The end of this stretch of the road. The final chance to prove that this could lead somewhere, and do so well. By the timing of this review, you can probably guess how much it lived up to that, really. But let's proceed with order, and constructively, shall we?
First, a recap. Karza has allied himself with the Dire Wraiths to save his universe, then merged with them, and realised that he's about to destroy two universes for the price of one. Everyone else decides to stop him. Humans (G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K.) are still not happy that aliens are doing things on their territory. Miles Mayhem keeps being evil but maybe not but maybe yes.
The good things, writing wise: there are some good interactions, especially when it comes to established group dynamics like between the Transformers or between the Joes, and the Micronauts still have a better edge. Windblade digging at Optimus is always a treat. There is some sort of organic fitting in of the different factions at play, and yes as a crossover it does create a common starting point for stories from here.
On the other hand, personally, ROM has brought nothing to this whole event (sure, it started because of him, but the character is nothing much at all compared to others), both MASK and GI Joe are used very oddly given their potential, and fans of the latter in particular may feel a little under-catered for. Where not having a fixed villain could've been good ground for interesting stories, it fell short of using the various 'antagonists'. But more below on the follow-up.
From the visual side of things, I have defended Fico Ossio's work previously, as there are some good ways of depicting humans, and giving that more organic feel to some robotic designs - more appropriate for MASK and ROM than Transformers, I felt, and better executed overall - but in this issue in particular, a lot of flash covered the undermining problems of the 'too much together' elements of the series.
Tyler, is that you?
And if that was true for the layouts and linework, the colours did not help make things clearer either. Mind you, I am not saying that Sebastian Cheng did not do a good job, but rather that the colours do not clarify what the art is trying to do, opting instead for a DC or Marvel-style visually punchy style with shaky substance beneath the technicolor smoke.
Offered without comment
Similarly, and unfortunately, the lettering could only do so much: with this still being an event trying to draw in new readers, Tom B. Long was asked to fit in name tags and Budiansky pretty much the entire issue, making the most of the space available - not an enviable task, and not one that leads to a result that makes things any clearer either.
The covers, I have to say, are excellent: Tradd Moore and Felipe Sobreiro with the cartoon classic, Ken Christiansen with a part of his composite patchwork, Adam Riches and James Biggie with their signature toy and promo art respectively, Brandon Peterson's take on superenergised Karza, Art Baltazar suggesting the Aw Yeah! issue coming in the new year, Guido Guidi's excellent G2/I Joe mashup (thumbnailed) - and the oddly chosen John Byrne art, with Len O'Grady on colours.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Really, all in all? It was a bit of a mess. The suggested schedule was not helpful, nor accurate, to follow the event in a linear fashion - and the tie-ins were decidedly much better, to varying degrees, than the core story itself - and the events happening within the issues were either too stretched out to begin with, or too condensed towards the end as was the case for this last book, visually and script-wise. It was confusing, or negligible, and just ..sort of happened. And looked inconsistent while happening.
And it only took us 5 issues to remember!
As we've said in previous reviews, it's really a shame: all the series going into this were written by people who actually believed in the books and their characters, from Ryall to Easton to Barber to Bunn, but somewhere along the line, the idea of making a comic book EVENT proves one of IDW's missing achievements, especially one acting as a shared universe catalyst as Revolution was meant to be.
That said, it does not detract from the stories that come out of this, with Revolutionaries sounding like Revolution done right (now that it's out of the way), Till All Are One and Micronauts working on a wider scale, MASK, ROM, and GI Joe continuing the Earth-based sides of the plot, and Optimus Prime sort of shoving people around to sneak in between everyone.
The final tie-in book for the IDW Publishing multi-franchise crossover, definitely not decided by Hasbro, hits the shelves - digital and physical - next week, and we have the full preview to share with you all. Check it out below, and prepare yourselves for the comic, its review coming after the release, and the inevitable discussion in the Energon Pub!
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: Revolution #1
James Roberts & Nick Roche (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
A DATE WTH DESTINY! After years of doing very little, Krok, Crankcase, Fulcrum, Spinister, and Misfire think they can wriggle out of anything—but not even they can avoid a heavily-promoted multi-franchise crossover. It’s the Scavengers Versus Your Childhood in a story that exposes all other art for the sham it is.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
What will the universe’s worst DECEPTICONS make of the world’s greatest crossover?
One last dance with the your favorite DECEPTICONS before LOST LIGHT begins next month!
The entire creative team that launched MTMTE returns!
Variant cover by Ken Christansen, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!
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